Perfect for summer picnics or family reunion pot luck lunches, this classic egg salad recipe will have you drooling for more!

(This post was originally sponsored by Clever Girls and Cage-Free Eggs.)

Whether it’s a picnic in the park complete with red buffalo check table cloth and wicker basket or a family reunion pot luck at your grandmother’s, this Classic Egg Salad Recipe is the perfect take-along food. Made with simple staple ingredients like mayo, mustard and paprika, but updated with Cage-Free Eggs, I whipped up this yummy sandwich filling in about a half an hour – including egg-boiling time!

Perfect for summer picnics or family reunion pot luck lunches, this classic egg salad recipe will have you drooling for more!

Wait, what? Cage-Free Eggs? Huh?

Why Cage-Free Eggs?


My sister is a lucky one. Because she chooses to live and work in the country, she knows exactly where her eggs come from….her own back yard! But most of us don’t have that option. For several years we’ve been stuck with eggs that have been laid by hens crammed into cages stacked one on top of the other in a warehouse. The vast majority of the eggs we eat are produced by hens that live their entire lives in small cages that they share with 5 or 6 other birds, each on a space the size of an iPad, in rows and stacks that fill dark warehouses. These hens – intelligent, social animals – cannot spread their wings or even turn around. Their bones become brittle and they are bruised, battered and some cannot even stand. More than a little gross if you really think about it.

BUT Cage-Free Eggs come from hens that have been allowed to roam free in a weather-sheltered area. Cage-Free means the hens are able to nest just like they used to. It also means less stress, salmonella and other diseases. Choose Cage-Free is an initiative by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to educate consumers about the real living conditions of hens in cages. We are empowering everyone to commit to cage-free eggs and are working in partnership with farmers and businesses to adopt cage-free practices. By taking action – by making a pledge and buying cage-free every time – we can all create change and improve the lives of millions of hens. Just a little bit of peace of mind that not everything has changed!


So if you’d like to #giveacluck and support Cage-Free Eggs, take the Cage-Free Pledge.  

And then try this yummy picnic-and-family-reunion-pot-luck-worthy Classic Egg Salad Recipe…you’ll love it!

egg salad sandwich

Classic Egg Salad Recipe

Classic Egg Salad Recipe

Yield: 4-5 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Whether it's a picnic in the park or a family reunion at your grandmother's, this Classic Egg Salad Recipe is the perfect take-along food.


  • 8-10 eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place eggs in pot and cover with water. Turn on high and set timer for 20 minutes.
  2. When timer sounds, remove pot from heat and run eggs under cold water. Peel and place in bowl.
  3. Mash eggs with a fork.
  4. Mix in mayo, relish, mustard, paprika and salt and pepper.
  5. Serve on whole grain bread with a side of dill pickle or over greens for a light lunch.

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Do you have any favorite picnic foods? How about a go-to for pot luck lunches or summer picnics?


shannon photo and sig oct 2022